Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

05/18/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 05/18/2021 08:39

DEP To Host Virtual Public Hearing on Hercules Cement Application for Quarry Expansion in Northampton County

Dept. of Environmental Protection

Commonwealth News Bureau
Room 308, Main Capitol Building
Harrisburg PA., 17120


Wilkes-Barre, PA - The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) will host a virtual public hearing on Wednesday, June 2, 2021, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, to take testimony from interested parties regarding a permit modification application by Hercules Cement Quarry, Inc. to expand its operations in Stockertown, Northampton County. The application under review by the department's Pottsville District Mining Office is a modification to Hercules' existing Surface Mine Permit No.7473SM2 and renewal of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit.

The proposed expansion involves a request to mine to 0 feet Mean Sea Level (MSL) from its existing level of 50 feet MSL in the eastern part of the quarry pit.

Those wishing to register for the virtual public hearing can contact Colleen Connolly, community relations coordinator, DEP's Northeast Regional Office in Wilkes-Barre at 570-826-2035 or by email: [email protected]. Please indicate if you wish to offer testimony or log on as an observer. Registration for the virtual hearing will end 24 hours before the scheduled date and time. Testimony will be limited to the quarry expansion project only.

The Webex information for the virtual public hearing will be available through the Public Participation tab on DEP's website at Please select 'Public Participation.' All comments, whether delivered orally during the virtual hearing or submitted in writing to [email protected], carry equal weight and consideration with DEP. Written comments will be accepted until the close of business on Wednesday, June 16, 2021, by 4:00 PM.

DEP will prepare a comment/response document in regard to the public comments.

More information on the permit applications can be found on DEP's public participation page: